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Henry Mouzon (1741-1807), An Accurate Map Of North And South Carolina...

Henry Mouzon (1741-1807), An Accurate Map Of North And South Carolina...

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Henry Mouzon (1741-1807). 

An Accurate Map Of North And South Carolina With Their Indian Frontiers, Shewing in a distinct manner all the Mountains, Rivers, Swamps, Marshes, Bays, Creeks, Harbours, Sandbanks and Soundings on the Coasts; with The Roads and Indian Paths; as well as The Boundary or Provincial Lines, The Several Townships and other divisions of the Land In Both The Provinces; the whole From Actual Surveys By Henry Mouzon And Others. London. Printed for Robt. Sayer and J. Bennett, Map and Print-Sellers, No. 53 in Fleet Street. Publish'd as the Act directs May 30th 1775.

 

4 sheets joined (40 x 57 4/8 inches). AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE engraved map of North and South Carolina, with MAGNIFICENT original hand-colour in part and in outline, the title within a superb asymmetrical rococo cartouche upper left, and with detailed insets of Charleston and Point Royal lower right.

 

First edition of Henry Mouzon's landmark 4-sheet map of the Carolinas, the primary source for the geographical details of the Carolinas for the American, English and French armies during the American Revolution. Published in Sayer and Bennett's "The American Atlas: Or, A Geographical Description Of The Whole Continent Of America" in 1776. Mouzon based his map on years of personal surveying experience, as well as over a decade spent critically assessing and incorporating previous information.

For over fifty years, Mouzon's map was a primary source for information about the geography and topography of the Carolinas, copied frequently by other mapmakers for its remarkable detail and accuracy. Mouzon based his map on years of personal surveying experience and over a decade spent critically assessing and incorporating previous information.

For North Carolina, Mouzon inserted for the first time Tryon County and Pelham County (later called Sampson). The topography west of the Catawba River is more detailed and accurate than on any previous map. Mouzon also advanced beyond earlier maps in his inclusion of rivers, streams, roads, and physical features like White Oak or Tryon Mountains and Kings Mountain.

For South Carolina, Mouzon added rivers and Indian settlements west of the Cherokee Indian boundary lines, and his depiction of the eastern precincts was more sophisticated than anything that had come before. Mouzon's map depicts forts, parishes, bridges, roads, Indian paths, and boundaries, and includes insets of Charleston and Port Royal harbors.

First published in Sayer and Bennett's "The American Atlas: Or, A Geographical Description Of The Whole Continent Of America" in 1776. Mouzon based his map on years of personal surveying experience, as well as over a decade spent critically assessing and incorporating previous information.  

Cumming 450, Cumming North Carolina Maps p. 21-22; Guthorn p 37; Schwartz & Ehrenberg p 187; Degrees of Latitude 44.


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